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Armstrong 'apology to Livestrong'

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has apologised to the staff at his Livestrong cancer foundation, a source has said.

He did so before heading to an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Armstrong reportedly addressed the staff and said: "I'm sorry."

He choked up and several employees cried during the session, the source who has knowledge of the situation said.

The person also said Armstrong apologised for letting the staff down and putting Livestrong at risk but he did not make a direct confession to the group about using banned drugs. He said he would try to restore the foundation's reputation.

Armstrong urged the group to continue fighting for the charity's mission of helping cancer patients and their families.

After the meeting, Armstrong, his legal team and close advisers gathered at a central hotel in Austin, Texas, for the interview.